That's just one of the delightful subject lines from the many spam
emails I get (as I imagine you do too)
. If I ever need a pseudonym
, that's what I'm gonna call myself - Pregano Ribbons
. Anyway to important stuff like what's on telly 'n' all that. In fact, before that (and for those interested)
, my review of DAVEY T
will be posted in the next few days along with a review of the DOCTOR WHO
exhibition in Cardiff
. I may even post an audio recording of the 'Scottish' actor from said play... (Please ignore that last remark if you are in any way connected with the RSC or are legally minded.)
So after the highs of a topping
four day stay~cation (managed to avoid the real bad weather for those who care)
I return to the moribund world of UK television. MAESTRO
came to an end by which time my enthusiasm had withered slightly. Next time, do some STAR WARS
tunes! Hope it comes back next year though. Similarly, DRAGON'S DEN
rumbled to a stop with yet another 'emotional' pitch. And here was me thinking it was about business. Thankfully, the Drags
didn't fall for the woman's "I forgot everything" routine (READER: a bit harsh Cam? She did have a stroke after all. ME: Meh)
. HARRY "Get Back To The Eighties!" ENFIELD
and PAUL "Get Back To The Nineties!" WHITEHOUSE inadvisedly
returned to our screens with another series entitled HARRY & PAUL
. That's right, they dropped the "Ruddy Hell! It's"
from its name, but kept some of the same yawn~some 'characters' - what a re~branding!
How many more animals must die to make her look like sh*t?
I only mention it because they did a Dragon's Den
sketch that got a chuckle purely for the purile visual stabs at the tycoons. However
, they missed the biggest gag about the show - the camera work. Ripe for parody but sadly Smell~field
and Shite~house (see what I did there? I'm being like them)
can only muster Stavros
accents and funny faces. Elsewhere, I started to watch A NUMBER
but got instantly revulsed
by RHYS "Still Gets Work!" IFANS (and that's when there was only one of him)
and his piss~poor skills. TOM "Should Know Better" WILKINSON
didn't fare much better surprisingly
but the script was annoyingly pretentious with the words A Number
repeated so much and the word Clone
never said (Oh I get it - how clever!)
that I literally turned it off and watched the final two episodes of TAKING OVER THE ASYLUM (which I had taped - yes, some of us still use VHS!)
Never Mind The Sweat Patches...
One of the problems with Asylum
is that you get dizzying highs (Eddie's new found happiness)
juxtaposed instantly with aching lows (his girlfriend's self harm)
. It neatly tries to match that
which it charts - the depressed, the disenfranchised and the downright bonkers. I feared the ending would leave me in tears but I was to be rewarded with a statisfying ending rather than utterly joyous. [RICHARD MADELEY] A bit like life itself... [/RICHARD MADELEY]
I'm gonna miss this show and I am eternally
grateful to BBC4
for screening it. Now, how 'bout
showing TUTTI FRUTTI
Never Mind The Plus Fours....
Not so joyous has been MUTUAL FRIENDS
. Still good but not nearly
as funny as its start and it's gone all drama unfortunately. And why
is everyone such a huge C.
in it? Very few redeeming characters. I like my TV fluffy and likable. A bit like my first wife. TORCHWOOD
returned with a one~off episode (to 'celebrate' Big Bang Day - yawn)
but don't worry in case you missed it/hadn't heard about, it was on the radio. I'll be honest, it's not
a format that flatters the show; the medium requires (to work well)
actors with some guile and skill. Can you see where this is going? Moving on, the story was fine but the script didn't serve its purpose at all. A missed opportunity.
He's smiling but really thinking, "That's not the Fergie I ordered"Movie~wise,
I caught MAN ON WIRE
- a one day showing at my local multi~flick building. Although this documentary is an absolute
joy to watch it does (purposefully, I would imagine)
leave a number of questions about the whole project. I suspect that if it had not been for PHILIPE PETIT
's Joie de Vivre
then this could have been a much duller affaire
. We were treated to some startling footage taken from his life demonstrating not only his skill but the teamsmanship (is that a word?)
undertaken by his crew. Add to this some delightful accomplices and breathtaking still photography and you've got yourself a well~told tale. Well, almost.
Yup, that is Michael "Elephant Man" Jackson
I cannot have been the only person, after seeing this film, that wanted to know 'why'. Why
did he wire~walk from one World Trade Center
building to another? There was no
financial renumeration and, in fact
, there was considerable trouble looming legally. Not to mention dying
, of course. And why
did the others get involved? When Petit
is asked by the NYPD
that very question he has no answer. Now, I realise (in a very Yoda~like way)
that whole point is there is no 'why'
was the point. But are we to seriously believe that a boy sitting in a dentist's waiting room sees a picture of a structure (yet to be built)
and thinks, "That's now my dream!"
Peaches proves she's a class act...
Well, according to the documentary, that is
the case. There are other unanswered questions which makes me wonder if he has a book coming out that he wants us all to buy. What's he up to now?
Why did his pal burst into tears at the memory of their, now ended, friendship? Where did he get all the money (not to forget time)
to do all this stuff? Must have had a few quid. Still, if that doesn't bother you (and why should it?)
then you will lurve
it. Sadly, I'm a stickler for facts and questions, though I still thoroughly enjoyed it. MAN ON WIRE
takes the 'document' out of 'documentary' - leaving just an 'ary'. No, hold on; that doesn't work. Oh well, how French
Will the US version of LIFE ON MARS be totally pish?
'Til the next time,
Labels: A Number review, Dragon's Den, Halle Berry, Harry and Paul Review, LILY ALLEN, Lindsay Lohan, Maestro Review, Man On Wire, Man On Wire Review, Mutual Friends, Taking Over the Asylum, Torchwood